Duly Noted – Meaning, Usage & Examples

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Candace Osmond

Candace Osmond studied Advanced Writing & Editing Essentials at MHC. She’s been an International and USA TODAY Bestselling Author for over a decade. And she’s worked as an Editor for several mid-sized publications. Candace has a keen eye for content editing and a high degree of expertise in Fiction.

I used to hear and read the phrase duly noted in work emails and meetings for years and always wondered what the heck it actually meant. Now I know it’s another way to say you’ve understood something. But where did it come from, and what’s the right way to use it? I’ll explain all the details right here!

What Does Duly Noted Mean?

Duly Noted Meaning Usage Examples

When someone says the common phrase “duly noted,” they mean that they’ve acknowledged or understood what’s been said or explained to them. You’ll often see it used in professional or legal settings, like meetings or work emails where information is being shared back and forth. It helps show that all the details have been considered and understood.

Is It Dually Noted or Duly Noted?

The correct phrase form you should use is “duly noted,” with just one L and no A. While “dually” is absolutely a valid word, it actually means twofold, but the adverb “duly” means rightly, properly, wholly, etc.

How Do You Spell Duly Noted?

As I just explained, it’s always d-u-l-y. But you’ll probably see several misspellings like dually noted, dully noted, duely noted, and even duley noted. Just remember that all of those are wrong.

Where Did the Phrase Duly Noted Come From?

We’ve used the phrase “duly noted” since at least the early 1800s, but there’s no known root origin. It comes from the adverb dulywhich means rightly, aptly, or sufficiently but also corresponds with the adjective due.

Synonyms of Duly Noted

If you don’t want to sound too fancy or just need a chance of wordage, try some of these other words that mean the same thing.

  • Acknowledged
  • Received
  • Understood
  • Noted
  • Understood in full
  • I get it

Is It Polite to Say Duly Noted?

Yes, of course, saying “duly noted” is a formal phrase and is just a polite way of acknowledging that you’ve heard and understood someone’s statement or instructions. It shows that you’re taking their words seriously and value their input.

But I have seen ironic usage of it where someone is blathering on about something they think essential, but someone gives an eye roll and just says, “duly noted.” In this case, it would be an informal phrase.

Sentence Examples Using Duly Noted

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  • Thank you for your suggestion, Samantha. It’s been duly noted by the whole team.
  • I promise I understand your concerns, and they’ve been duly noted.
  • The changes you requested have been duly noted, and we’ll take care of them as soon as possible.
  • We waited as the judge listened to the defendant’s argument and duly noted it in the court record.
  • After taking a close look at the project report, my manager duly noted the progress I had made and gave me a promotion.
  • The customer’s complaint was duly noted and forwarded to the complaint’s department to be taken care of by the best customer representative.
  • We just got an email from the school board that received feedback from us, and our concerns were duly noted and discussed at the next meeting.

They have a nice variety of gluten-free items available, duly noted on their menu. [Kennebec Journal]

It’s Been Duly Noted

Now you should know the real meaning behind the popular phrase duly noted and how to properly use it in just about any setting that comes your way. Just remember that it means you’ve read or listened to what has been explained and understand it.